The British Rocket Group?

The UK Space Agency logoFact meeting fiction – or real life imitating art? That’s the question following the unveiling of the United Kingdom Space Agency’s new logo, which seems somehow familiar. Could it have been seen already, perhaps in Doctor Who?

Revealed this week, the emblem of the (seemingly pointless) UKSA was presented to the press and public by Science Minister Lord Drayson and Business Secretary Lord Mandelson. Intended to take charge of all UK space activities, the idea is that it will unify the myriad of loose partnerships between Government departments and research councils that currently (mis)handles British space policy. Given that all orders come from Brussels as of January 1st, however, it seems pretty late in the day for the creation of such a body.

The British Rocket Group logo as seen in Doctor Who: The Christmas InvasionThe main interest for Doctor Who fans however is the fact that the new agency’s logo bears a striking resemblance to the logo of the fictional British Rocket Group, as you can see both here and on the Guinevere One project website (launched in advance of The Christmas Invasion back in 2005.)

Although mentioned twice in the annals of Doctor Who (Remembrance of the Daleks in 1988 and The Christmas Invasion in 2005) the British Rocket Group is of course a reference to the British Experimental Rocket Group of the Quatermass series, created by Nigel Kneale; a reference to his avuncular hero, Professor Bernard Quatermass, is included in Remembrance of the Daleks.

Christian Cawley

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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